I’d driven by Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St, Jackson
) hundreds of times, always thinking it was cute but never in the market for baked goods. When they started serving lunch earlier this year, I finally had a reason to go.
I’ve been twice for lunch and really liked it both times. Last time, I had a turkey sandwich. The menu says the turkey is “marinated with our own seasonings,” and those seasonings stood out more than I’d expected they would. I caught some rosemary, and the overall effect was nicely savory with a bit of roasted flavor. The bread (I chose wheat) was hearty, and had been put on the griddle with a little butter. All of the other sandwich elements (lettuce, tomato, and provolone cheese) were of good quality.
My coworker got a BLT; I didn’t try it, but he liked it a lot. There was a generous amount of thick-cut bacon, and he liked the taste (though he would have preferred it a bit crispier). At $4.95 each and pretty hearty, the sandwiches were a good deal.
For dessert, we each got a tea cake, for which Campbell’s is apparently famous. The tea cakes had a thin layer of icing that formed satisfying cracks when we broke into them; inside, they were soft, flaky, and tasted subtly of almond. My coworker declared his one of the best cookies he’d had in a long time, and I couldn’t think of a better one in recent memory.
Last time we went, we got the chicken salad and the roast beef, and liked both. I don’t remember much about them except that I loved the sweet pickles in the chicken salad. The brownie we got for dessert was nothing amazing, but the apple fritter was almost, if not quite, as good as those at Scurlock’s
The service at Campbell’s is not what I’d call highly efficient—the first time we went, the owner was helped out by two girls in front who didn’t seem very familiar with working the cash register, and the second time the owner was the only person working there at all. But everyone was nothing but friendly and clearly working hard, so I didn’t mind–I tend not to get too uptight about service unless it’s actually rude, or I’m at a fancy place where the service is part of the experience. Anyway, the service at Campbell’s could have been several notches worse before it would have overshadowed the food, which was great.
They also serve breakfast (the menu lists egg dishes, waffles, pancakes, etc.), which I haven’t tried but would like to. Campbell’s is open Monday 7:30-1, Tues-Fri 7:30-5, and Sat 7:30-1 ; the number is (601) 362-4623.
Also, I found this video about Campbell’s when I was googling it. I don’t know the people who made it (looks like it was for some filmmaking workshop; hope they don’t mind me posting it!) but I thought it was cute.
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